Khaleda criticised in JS for sticking to hartal

Khaleda criticised in JS for sticking to hartal

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Senior treasury bench lawmakers in Parliament on Sunday came down heavily on Opposition Leader Begum Khaleda Zia for not accepting the Prime Minister’s invitation to dialogue and sticking to her hartal programme putting country into uncertainty again. The lawmakers accused Khaleda of being responsible for the killing of people both before and during hartal in the name of movement and thinking of her own protection only instead of people’s safety and protection. They said a decision has to be taken who will rule this country – razakars or the pro-liberation forces. Rising on a point of order, JSD lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal initiated the debate which was later participated by Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Awami League lawmakers Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Suranjit Sengupta, Tofail Ahmed and Amir Hossain Amu, and Mujibul Haque Chunnu of Jatiya Party (Ershad). “This so-called movement (of opposition) does not follow any rules…their movement is on sacrificing all rules,” Badal said accusing Khaleda of killing people both before and during hartal period. He mentioned that six people were killed on Saturday and five others today (Sunday) and said “she (Khaleda) is fully conscious of her own protection, not of the people.” The JSD lawmaker said this fight is not a fight for vote, but it is the fight for existence of the pro-liberation forces. “This is not 2013. This is 1971 revisited. It should be resolved now and for all time whether we can have compromise with such persons who side with war criminals.” Echoing Badal, Sheikh Selim said it is the fight for their existence and they have no alternative other than win this fight. “We’ll surely win in this war. We’ll drive them out from the country and put them in Pakistan. We’ve to decide whether Razakars will rule the country or it will be run by the pro-liberation forces.” He said they can not go beyond the Constitution and discussions can not be held by imposing conditions. Rashed Khan Menon said the nation expected that Khaleda Zia will respond positively for the dialogue as invited by the Prime Minister. Unfortunately, Khaleda Zia did not withdraw the hartal creating uncertainty again. He sought a decision from the Speaker as Khaleda Zia termed the present government illegal. In response, Deputy Speaker M Shawkat Ali, who was presiding over the House, said many make comments on the issue in their own ways. “There’s no constitutional base about that claim. We’ll abide by the Constitution.” Criticizing Khaleda’s ‘misleading’ comment, Suranjit Sengupta said the people of the country want a credible, peaceful and participatory election, and the government is sincere to ensure a permanent system for holding polls peacefully. He said Khaleda violated Constitution by terming the present government illegal. “If the government is illegal, all are illegal. You (Khaleda) can’t enjoy the protection and facilities.” Accusing BNP of siding with Jamaat, Suranjit urged the BNP chief not to play with fire. “You could not withdraw hartal. That means BNP is now run by Jamaat, and Khaleda is directed by Jamaat cadres.” Tofail Ahmed said if the present government is illegal after October 27 who will be in power. “Does it mean that she is inviting someone else? People of this country will have to take right decision now.” He criticized Khaleda Zia for series of bomb blasts in front of Ministers’ and judges’ residence and in front of media outlets. “It has become clear to the people of this country that she (Khaleda) is trying to save the war criminals,” Tofail added. Amir Hossain Amu said that what the opposition led by Khaleda is doing is not a democratic movement. They are trying to make the country dysfunctional. He said: “People now understand who are killing people in the name of hartal. The people will snatch the win under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”. – UNB

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